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Daria Boglaienko, Berrin Tansel
Pulverized rubber (PR) can be utilized for capturing floating oils to prevent spreading and volatilization of hydrocarbons. Experiments were conducted using PR with four different particle sizes (ranging from 0.075 to 0.600mm) and South Louisiana crude oil. The oil capture performance of the PR particles was compared with that of powdered activated carbon (AC). Oil-particle interactions were analyzed using capillary theories for lateral aggregation and wicking processes, as well as sorption capacity in relation to particle size...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Kevin R Cloonan, Stefanos S Andreadis, Haibin Chen, Nina E Jenkins, Thomas C Baker
We previously showed that the females of the mushroom sciarid, Lycoriella ingenua (Dufour, 1839) (Diptera: Sciaridae), one of the most severe pests of the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus (J.E. Lange) Emil J. Imbach (Agaricales: Agaricaceae), are attracted to the mushroom compost that mushrooms are grown on and not to the mushrooms themselves. We also showed that females are attracted to the parasitic green mold, Trichoderma aggressivum. In an attempt to identify what is in the mushroom compost that attracts female L...
2016: PloS One
Dominik Sammer, Katrin Krause, Matthias Gube, Katharina Wagner, Erika Kothe
Hydrophobins-secreted small cysteine-rich, amphipathic proteins-foster interactions of fungal hyphae with hydrophobic surfaces, and are involved in the formation of aerial hyphae. Phylogenetic analyses of Tricholoma vaccinum hydrophobins showed a grouping with hydrophobins of other ectomycorrhizal fungi, which might be a result of co-evolution. Further analyses indicate angiosperms as likely host trees for the last common ancestor of the genus Tricholoma. The nine hydrophobin genes in the T. vaccinum genome were investigated to infer their individual roles in different stages of the life cycle, host interaction, asexual and sexual development, and with respect to different stresses...
2016: PloS One
Brett Morgan, Edwin N Aroke, Jennifer Dungan
The field of pharmacogenomics seeks to identify the impact of genetic variants on drug dosing, response, metabolism, and safety outcomes. The narrow therapeutic indices for anesthesia drugs, variability of patient responses to anesthesia, and the risks associated with surgery make anesthetics and the perioperative period prime targets for pharmacogenetic research. Anesthesia providers strive to optimize anesthesia delivery and patient outcomes and to specifically reduce anesthesia-related risks and negative outcomes...
January 2017: Annual Review of Nursing Research
Audrey Kerdudo, Emy Njoh Ellong, Pauline Burger, Vanessa Gonnot, Laurent Boyer, Fabrice Chandre, Sandra Adenet, Katia Rochefort, Thomas Michel, Xavier Fernandez
Alpinia species, used as ornamental plants and flavoring agents, are renowned for their therapeutic properties and their subsequent use in traditional medicines throughout the world. Alpinia zerumbet (Pers.) B.L. Burtt & R.M. Sm. is the most common Alpinia species encountered in Martinique. Several essential oils (EOs) obtained by hydrodistillation of A. zerumbet flowers collected in various locations on the island at different seasons were analysed to evaluate the influence of the collection period and area on the EOs' chemical compositions and to assess their bioactivity...
December 9, 2016: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Tomasz Sawoszczuk, Justyna Syguła-Cholewińska, Julio M Del Hoyo-Meléndez
The goal of this work was to determine the microbial volatile organic compounds emitted by moulds growing on wool in search of particular volatiles mentioned in the literature as indicators of active mould growth. The keratinolytically active fungi were inoculated on two types of media: (1) samples of wool placed on broths, and (2) on broths containing amino acids that are elements of the structure of keratin. All samples were prepared inside 20 mL vials (closed system). In the first case (1) the broths did not contain any sources of organic carbon, nitrogen, or sulfur i...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Tomohiro Seki, Mingoo Jin, Hajime Ito
Luminescent compounds that are sensitive to volatile organic solvents are useful for detection of harmful gases. Although such compounds have been reported, discrimination of various types of volatile organic compounds using one compound remains challenging. We reported a series of gold isocyanide complexes that form various crystalline structures with distinct emission properties, which can be interconverted by mechanical stimulation and solvent addition. Here, we report that introduction of a biphenyl unit into a gold isocyanide scaffold (denoted complex 3) enables discrimination of various volatile organic compounds by forming 11 solvent-containing crystal structures 3/solvent [solvent can be CHCl3, pyridine (Py), CH2Cl2, CH2Br2, dimethylacetamide (DMA), acetaldehyde (AcH), CH3CN, DMF, (S)-propylene oxide (SPO), rac-propylene oxide (racPO), or acetone] with different emission properties (emission maxima of 490-580 nm)...
December 5, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Xiaochen Tang, Pawel K Misztal, William W Nazaroff, Allen H Goldstein
Research on the sources of indoor airborne chemicals has traditionally focused on outdoor air, building materials, furnishings, and activities such as smoking, cooking, and cleaning. Relatively little research has examined the direct role of occupant emissions, even though this source clearly contributes to indoor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and influences indoor chemistry. In this work, we quantify occupant-related gaseous VOC emissions in a university classroom using a proton-transfer-reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometer...
December 6, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Jaemoon Jun, Jungkyun Oh, Dong Hoon Shin, Sung Gun Kim, Jun Seop Lee, Wooyoung Kim, Jyongsik Jang
Due to rapid advances in technology which have contributed to the development of portable equipment, highly sensitive and selective sensor technology is in demand. In particular, many approaches to the modification of wireless sensor systems have been studied. Wireless systems have many advantages, including unobtrusive installation, high nodal densities, low cost, and potential commercial applications. In this study, we fabricated radio frequency identification (RFID)-based wireless sensor systems using carboxyl group functionalized polypyrrole (C-PPy) nanoparticles (NPs)...
December 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Manki Son, Daesan Kim, Jinkyung Kang, Jong Hyun Lim, Seung Hwan Lee, Hwi Jin Ko, Seunghun Hong, Tai Hyun Park
Salmonella infection is the one of the major causes of food borne illnesses including fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Thus, early detection of Salmonella contamination is important for our healthy life. Conventional detection methods for the food contamination have limitations in sensitivity and rapidity; thus, the early detection has been difficult. Herein, we developed a bioelectronic nose using a carbon nanotube (CNT) field-effect transistor (FET) functionalized with Drosophila odorant binding protein (OBP)-derived peptide for easy and rapid detection of Salmonella contamination in ham...
December 6, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Madeline R Lederer, Allison R Staniec, Zoe L Coates Fuentes, Daryl A Van Ry, Ryan Z Hinrichs
Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), including the monoterpene limonene, are a major source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). While gas-phase oxidation initiates the dominant pathway for BVOC conversion to SOA, recent studies have demonstrated that biogenic hydrocarbons can also directly react with acidic droplets. To investigate whether mineral dust may facilitate similar reactive uptake of biogenic hydrocarbons, we studied the heterogeneous reaction of limonene with mineral substrates using condensed-phase infrared spectroscopy and identified the formation of irreversibly adsorbed organic products...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Christian Starkenmann, Charles Jean-Francois Chappuis, Yvan Niclass, Pascale Deneulin
Through the accidental contamination of a gas cylinder of H2S, the importance of polysulfanes for flint, gun powder, and match odors was discovered. The hydrogen disulfane was prepared from disulfanediylbis[methyl(diphenyl)silane], and its odor descriptor was evaluated in the gas phase from a gas chromatograph coupled to an olfaction port. The occurrence of this compound in flint and pebbles was confirmed by analyses after derivatization with pentafluorobromobenzene. The occurrence of this sulfane was also confirmed in two dry white Swiss Chasselas wines, sorted by a large-scale sensory analysis from 80 bottles and evaluated by 62 wine professionals...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Marcos V Puydinger Dos Santos, Murilo F Velo, Renan D Domingos, Yucheng Zhang, Xavier Maeder, Carlos Guerra-Nuñez, James P Best, Fanny Béron, Kleber R Pirota, Stanislav Moshkalev, José A Diniz, Ivo Utke
An effective postgrowth electrical tuning, via an oxygen releasing method, to enhance the content of non-noble metals in deposits directly written with gas-assisted focused-electron-beam-induced deposition (FEBID) is presented. It represents a novel and reproducible method for improving the electrical transport properties of Co-C deposits. The metal content and electrical properties of Co-C-O nanodeposits obtained by electron-induced dissociation of volatile Co2(CO)8 precursor adsorbate molecules were reproducibly tuned by applying postgrowth annealing processes at 100 °C, 200 °C, and 300 °C under high-vacuum for 10 min...
November 30, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Qiang Wang, Meirong Jia, Jung-Hyun Huh, Andrew Muchlinski, Reuben J Peters, Dorothea Tholl
Arabidopsis thaliana maintains a complex metabolism for the production of secondary or specialized metabolites. Such metabolites include volatile and semivolatile terpenes, which have been associated with direct and indirect defensive activities in flowers and leaves. In comparison, the structural diversity and function of terpenes in Arabidopsis roots has remained largely unexplored despite a substantial number of root-expressed genes in the Arabidopsis terpene synthase (TPS) gene family. We show that five root-expressed TPSs of an expanded subfamily-a type clade in the Arabidopsis TPS family function as class I diterpene synthases that predominantly convert geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) to different semi-volatile diterpene products, which are in part detectable at low levels in the ecotypes Columbia (Col) and Cape Verde Island (Cvi)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
André Bannink, Henk J van Lingen, Jennifer L Ellis, James France, Jan Dijkstra
All mechanistic rumen models cover the main drivers of variation in rumen function, which are feed intake, the differences between feedstuffs and feeds in their intrinsic rumen degradation characteristics, and fractional outflow rate of fluid and particulate matter. Dynamic modeling approaches are best suited to the prediction of more nuanced responses in rumen metabolism, and represent the dynamics of the interactions between substrates and micro-organisms and inter-microbial interactions. The concepts of dynamics are discussed for the case of rumen starch digestion as influenced by starch intake rate and frequency of feed intake, and for the case of fermentation of fiber in the large intestine...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
P Pratte, S Cosandey, C Goujon Ginglinger
Combustion of biomass produces solid carbon particles, whereas their generation is highly unlikely when a biomass is heated instead of being burnt. For instance, in the Tobacco Heating System (THS2.2), the tobacco is heated below 350°C and no combustion takes place. Consequently, at this relatively low temperature, released compounds should form an aerosol consisting of suspended liquid droplets via a homogeneous nucleation process. To verify this assumption, mainstream aerosol generated by the heat-not-burn product, THS2...
December 8, 2016: Human & Experimental Toxicology
Shuilai Qiu, Xin Wang, Bin Yu, Xiaming Feng, Xiaowei Mu, Richard K K Yuen, Yuan Hu
The structure of polyphosphazene nanotubes (PZS) is similar to that of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) before modification. For applications of CNTs in polymer composites, surface wrapping is an economically attractive route to achieve functionalized nanotubes. Based on this idea, functionalized polyphosphazene nanotubes (FR@PZS) wrapped with a cross-linked DOPO-based flame retardant (FR) were synthesized via one-step strategy and well characterized. Then, the obtained FR@PZS was introduced into epoxy resin (EP) to investigate flame retardancy and smoke toxicity suppression performance...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Claudia Giuliani, Roberto Maria Pellegrino, Roberta Selvaggi, Corrado Tani, Bruno Tirillini, Laura Maleci Bini
The secretory structures and the volatile fraction of Stachys officinalis (L.) Trevisan subsp. officinalis (Lamiaceae) from Italy were studied for the first time. Peltate and small capitate trichomes were observed on the whole plant (leaves and inflorescences). In the peltate trichomes, an unusual polyphenols content was evidenced by the histochemical methods. The volatile fraction was obtained by a solvent extract from the distillation water of leaves and inflorescences and analysed by GC-MS. Forty-four constituents for leaves, representing 94...
December 8, 2016: Natural Product Research
Christiaan A Rees, Flavio A Franchina, Katherine V Nordick, Paul J Kim, Jane E Hill
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to identify the volatile molecules produced by the pathogenic Gram-negative bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC 13883) during in vitro growth using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-TOFMS). METHODS AND RESULTS: K. pneumoniae ATCC 13883 was incubated in lysogeny broth (LB) to mid-exponential and stationary growth phases. Headspace volatile molecules from culture supernatants were concentrated using solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and analyzed via GC×GC-TOFMS...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Jean Hiquet, Emilie Christin, Florence Tovagliaro, Jean-Michel Gaulier, Veronique Dumestre-Toulet, Sophie Gromb-Monnoyeur
Poisoning with volatile substances remains exceptional. Authors report the case of a married couple who were found in a car with a butane gas bottle: the woman was dead and her husband alleged it was an unsuccessful suicide pact. A specific research of volatile substances on postmortem samples with headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry following a quantitative determination was performed. The n-butane concentrations detected were composed of 610 μg/L (cardiac blood), 50 μg/kg (brain), 134 μg/kg (lungs), 285 μg/kg (liver), and 4090 μg/kg (heart) and were compatible with the rare lethal concentrations evoked in the literature...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
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